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Ducks Host Portland Wednesday
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Release Date: 04/26/2011
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PORTLAND SERIES INFORMATION
Overall: 83-33
2011 Season Series: Oregon leads 2-1
Last Meeting : Oregon 14, Portland 3
April 19, 2011 • PK Park • Eugene, Ore.

GAME 39 • Wednesday, April 27
PK Park
First Pitch: 6:00 p.m.
Oregon Starter: LHP Porter Clayton (0-1, 6.43)
Portland Starter: RHP Kyle Kraus (2-4, 5.10)
TV: None
Radio Eugene: 95.3 FM The Score
Radio Portland:  KUIK 1360 AM
Internet Audio: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Internet Video:
O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Social Media: Twitter:@OregonBaseball
Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com

CALIFORNIA SERIES INFORMATION
Overall: 16-19
Last Series: California 2, Oregon 1
May 28-30 • PK Park • Eugene, Ore.
Last Meeting: Oregon 6, California 5
May 30 • PK Park • Eugene, Ore.

GAME 40 • Friday, April 29
Evans Diamond
First Pitch: 2:30 p.m.
Oregon Starter: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-1, 1.55)
California Starter: RHP Erik Johnson (5-1, 2.05)
TV: None
Radio Eugene: 95.3 FM The Score
Radio Portland:  KUIK 1360 AM
Internet Audio: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Internet Video:
None
Social Media: Twitter:@OregonBaseball
Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com

GAME 41 • Saturday, April 30 Evans Diamond
First Pitch: 1:00 p.m.
Oregon Starter: RHP Madison Boer (2-3, 2.12)
California Starter: LHP Justin Jones (5-2, 3.13)
TV: None
Radio Eugene: 95.3 FM The Score

Radio Portland: KXTG 95.5 FM The Game
Internet Audio: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Internet Video:
None
Social Media: Twitter:@OregonBaseball
Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com


GAME 42 • Sunday, May 1
Evans Diamond
First Pitch: 12:00 p.m.
Oregon Starter: RHP Alex Keudell (5-3, 3.00)
California Starter:  RHP Dixon Anderson (4-1, 3.40)
TV: None
Radio Eugene: 95.3 FM The Score

Radio Portland: KXTG 95.5 FM The Game
Internet Audio: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Internet Video:
None
Social Media: Twitter:@OregonBaseball
Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com

THIS WEEK
    Oregon will play its sixth consecutive home game on Wednesday at PK Park, hosting Portland at 6 p.m. This will be the fourth game in a five-game season series between the two clubs. The Ducks will then hit the road for a three-game Pac-10 series at 20th-ranked California beginning Friday.

RADIO BROADCASTS/MEDIA

     Jerry Allen and Brian Prawitz will call all four games this week for the Oregon Sports Network.  In the Eugene/Springfield area, fans can listen to the games on 95.3 FM The Score. A live audio simulcast over the internet is also available via the O-Zone on www.GoDucks.com .

TELEVISION
    No games this week will be televised.

ONLINE
    A live video stream of Wednesday’s game against Portland will be available on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com . There will be no live streaming for any of the games at Cal.

SOCIAL MEDIA
    Oregon fans can follow live in-game updates on twitter @OregonBaseball .

O-ZONE: ONLINE VIDEO & AUDIO
        Baseball fans can now watch Oregon baseball home games live on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com . All home games will offer live video and audio.

TICKETS
     A reminder that mini-plans and  single-game tickets for the 2011 season remain on sale. Duck fans can purchase tickets online by clicking HERE , over the phone by calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, or in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Office.

Wednesday, April 27 • Scout Night
    Scout leaders and members can wear their scout uniform to the game and receive general admission for only $1.

ABOUT PORTLAND
    Oregon holds a 2-1 advantage in the season series against Portland (14-22) heading into Wednesday’s 6 p.m. start at PK Park.
    Last weekend, the Pilots won their second West Coast Conference series, taking 2-of-3 games on the road in San Diego.
    Turner Gill leads the Pilots batting .331 with 25 RBIs, 12 doubles and three home runs.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA
    California (24-13, 9-6) enters the week on a four-game slide after being swept by then ninth-ranked Arizona State at Evans Diamond last weekend. The No. 20 Bears also dropped a single game at No. 21 Stanford on Monday.
    Cal, currently fourth in the league standings, is 12-6 at home this season and has recorded series sweeps over Washington State and Washington, while also winning a series against USC.
    Cal sports a 2.99 ERA, with its three starters combined for a 14-6 record. The Bears are fourth in the league, batting .290 on the year.
   
APRIL SHOWERS
    In 2010, Oregon went 10-6 in the month of April. In April of 2011, the Ducks are 7-8.

SCHEDULE NOTES
    The Ducks have 60 games on the schedule, with 30 of those contests to be played at PK Park.
    UO’s schedule is daunting with nine series against programs that advanced to the postseason in 2010, including three teams that claimed their respective conference titles.


ARIZONA SERIES RECAP

    Oregon won its first Pac-10 series of the year, taking 2-of-3 games from the then 23rd-ranked Arizona Wildcats last week.
    The Ducks clinched the series with a 7-3 victory in the finale on Saturday as Alex Keudell and Scott McGough combined to hold the Wildcats to three runs, while freshmen Stefan Sabol , Aaron Jones and Ryon Healy each drove in two runs apiece.
    Arizona leads the conference batting .323 on the season, but UO’s pitching staff held the Wildcats to a .200 clip as Tyler Anderson and Madison Boer each tossed complete games.

THE STRETCH
    Oregon just completed a stretch of nine games in 11 days, finishing that stretch with a 6-3 record. The Ducks also played five home games last week, completing that homestand with a 4-1 mark.
    The Ducks batted .272 at PK Park last week led by Brett Thomas (.357), Stefan Sabol (.333), Danny Pulfer (.333) and Jack Marder (.333).
    On the hill, Oregon’s pitching staff managed a 2.09 ERA and held opponents to a .209 clip, while Scott McGough closed two games on he hill.

ROOKIES

    Oregon baseball head coach George Horton has had at least four freshmen in his starting lineup 13 times this season as the Ducks brought in the fifth-ranked class according to Baseball America.
    On those 13 occasions - including the Ducks last five games - Oregon has used at least four freshmen in the starting lineup with the rookies posting an 8-5 record in those contests.
    Freshman right fielder Aaron Jones - one of just two players to start all 38 games this season - is batting .297 on the season and leads UO with 22 RBIs, eight doubles and seven multiple-RBI games.
    Freshmen outfielders Stefan Sabol and Brett Thomas complete the rookie outfield for the Ducks, and  each is hitting .313 from the plate.

NOTES ON PITCHERS

Tyler Anderson
    Preseason All-American Tyler Anderson continues to lead the staff with a 6-1 record (T-4th Pac-10) on the mound and 84 strikeouts (3rd Pac-10, 5th nation). In addition, Anderson’s 255 career strikeouts are a new Oregon program record, and rank 16th amongst active pitchers across the country.
    In 75 and 2/3 innings, Anderson has walked just 21 batters and is holding opponents to a .181 average (3rd Pac-10).
    UO’s Friday-night starter has nine quality starts on the year, and last Thursday pitched his first complete game of the season and the second of his career.
    In last Thursday’s series-opening, 4-2,  victory over Arizona, Anderson allowed two runs on three hits while fanning nine. After giving up two runs in the top of the fourth, the Las Vegas native allowed just two hits the rest of the way while retiring the final 11 batters of the game.

Madison Boer
    Junior right-hander Madison Boer (2-3) tossed his  first complete game of the season and the third of his career, matching a career high with nine innings on the mound.
    Boer was credited with the tough-luck loss despite holding the Wildcats to two runs on six hits, as Oregon was held to just one first-inning run in the 2-1 loss.
    Boer has now tossed back-to-back nine inning performances at PK Park, allowing a combined two runs on 10 hits while striking out 14 and being denied the win in both cases.
    Boer sports a 2.12 ERA and has pitched in two combined shutouts while holding opposing batters to a .220 clip.

Porter Clayton
    At just 17-years-old, freshman Porter Clayton graduated from Bonneville High School in December, and joined the Ducks in time for the 2011 season. He is expected to make his first career start on Wednesday against Portland.
     Oregon’s go-to lefty out of the bullpen, Clayton earned his first save on March 11, UO’s 4-2 series-clinching victory over BYU as the Idaho Falls native recorded the game’s final out. Clayton has made 17 appearances this season.

Jeff Gold
    In the first start of his career and just the fourth appearance of his season, freshman Jeff Gold (1-0) picked up the win tossing five innings and allowing three runs on six hits in Oregon’s 14-3 victory over Portland on April 19. The Moraga, Calif., native walked no one and struck out a career-best six.

Ryon Healy

    In his first start and just the second appearance of his career on the mound, Ryon Healy impressed for the Ducks.
    On March 27, as Oregon prevailed with a 6-1 victory over Wichita State, Healy dealt 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing just one run while striking out five.

Christian Jones
    Sophomore left-hander Christian Jones missed three straight starts with a lower back injury, but returned to action on April 16 at USC in a relief appearance.
    In his first start since March 26, Jones (3-1) tossed six shutout innings and allowed just four hits while issuing no walks and striking out seven in UO’s 4-0 win over San Francisco on April 18. On the season, Jones is 3-1 on the hill with a 3.92 ERA and 53 strikeouts.

Alex Keudell
    Junior right-hander Alex Keudell (5-3) took over the Sunday-starter role for Christian Jones while the lefty battled injury.
    Keudell earned his second Pac-10 victory of the season, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs in five and 2/3 innings while striking out three in Saturday’s 7-3 series clinching win over No. 23 Arizona.
    On the year, Keudell has a 3.00 ERA  and 45 strikeouts.

Scott McGough
    Scott McGough earned two saves last week, tossing three innings in a 4-0 victory over San Francisco, before helping the Ducks clinch the series over Arizona, tossing 3 and 1/3 shutout innings . McGough tallied nine strikeouts in both outings combined, and now sports a 3.45 ERA on the year and a 0.84 mark in Pac-10 games only.
    In his last 10 relief appearances, McGough has a 1-2 record and two saves in 20 innings on the hill. He has recorded 21 strikeouts and is holding opposing batters to a .152 clip while allowing just 2-of-10 inherited runners to score.

Kellen Moen
    Senior right-hander Kellen Moen leads the bullpen with six saves (T-2nd Pac-10) in 2011. The Juneau, Alaska native Moen sports a 1.35 ERA in 26 and 2/3 innings of action, striking out 26 and holding opposing batters to a .146 clip. Moen has allowed just three of his 12 inherited runners to score in 2011.
   
THE STARTING STAFF
    Oregon’s four starters, Tyler Anderson , Madison Boer , Christian Jones and Alex Keudell have a combined ERA of 2.43, allowing 65 earned runs in 240 and 2/3 innings pitched.  The quartet has recorded 236 strikeouts, and has been part of six combined shutouts. The starters also have  24 quality starts this season.
    Overall, Oregon’s 2.73 ERA ranks second in the Pac-10 along with the staff’s 351 strikeouts and .230 opponents’ batting average. The Ducks lead the league with 14 pickoffs.

SHUTOUTS
    The Ducks have recorded shutouts on six occasions in 2011. Oregon earned a shutout victory in five weekend series this year in games against Hawai’i, Saint Mary’s, Long Beach State, BYU and Washington. Its sixth was a 4-0 victory over San Francisco on April 18.

NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS
J.J. Altobelli
    J.J. Altobelli had a great series defensively for Oregon at third base, helping the Ducks take 2-of-3 from then 23rd-ranked Arizona.
    Altobelli had eight assists in the series and turned a critical double play in game 3. He batted .267 last week as the Ducks went  4-1, and is now hitting .211 on the season.

Kyle Garlick
    Freshman outfielder Kyle Garlick was forced to miss the first 15 games of the season with a broken hand, but returned to the lineup on March 19 at San Diego. In the second at-bat of his collegiate career, the Chino Hills, Calif., native drove a three-run homer over the left field wall, helping Oregon to a 6-3 victory.
    Garlick is hitting .213 on the year, but in his last start in a 14-3 victory over Portland, Garlick was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs.

Ryon Healy
    Freshman Ryon Healy went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs for Oregon as he made the start in the Ducks series clinching 7-3 victory over Arizona.
    Healy doubled and hit the first home run of his Oregon career starting at designated hitter, and is batting .282 on the season. The Ducks are also 7-3 when Healy starts at DH.

Aaron Jones

    Freshman right fielder Aaron Jones is one of just two players on the roster to start all 38 games for the Ducks this season.
    Jones is hitting .297 on the season, and leads the Ducks with 22 RBIs and 12 extra-base hits. The San Clemente, Calif., native has recorded 13 multiple-hit games and leads the Ducks with seven multiple-RBI games.   
    Last week as Oregon finished with a 4-1 record, Jones drove in five runs.

Jack Marder
    Oregon sophomore Jack Marder converted to catcher this year, but has also made starts in the outfield, at designated hitter and at first base. Marder, now hitting .206 on the season,  leads the Ducks with 10 stolen bases, and has been hit by pitches on 16 occasions in 2011 (1st Pac-10).
    During Oregon’s nine games in 11 days, Marder batted .292 and improved that average last week hitting .333 as the Ducks went 4-1 at home. Marder led UO with a .556 on-base percentage as he was walked three times and was plunked on three occasions.

Shawn Peterson
    Senior Shawn Peterson hit the first home run of his career in a 9-0 victory over Washington on April 10. Peterson is batting .286 on the season and has driven in nine runs.

Danny Pulfer
    Arguably Oregon’s hottest hitter right now, Danny Pulfer has started lead off for Oregon for the last eight games.
    During that stretch, Pulfer is batting .469 (15-for-32) with three doubles, three walks, three stolen bases and a .541 on-base percentage.
    The starting second baseman has reached safely in his last 24 games, including recording hits in 21 of those contests. Last week, Pulfer batted .400 (4-for-10) in the series against Arizona, scoring four runs and recording a .538 on-base percentage.

Stefan Sabol

    Freshman Stefan Sabol returned to the lineup at Arizona State (April 1) after recovering from a broken bone in his left hand suffered on Feb. 26.
    Sabol is now hitting .313 on the season and last week batted .333, driving in a squad-leading six runs as the Ducks finished 4-1 at PK Park.
    In 64 at-bats, Sabol has 20 hits, five doubles, one triple, one home run and leads the Ducks with a .469 slugging percentage.
    The Aliso Viejo, Calif., native has driven in nine runs and has settled into the third spot of the lineup and left field for the Ducks.

KC Serna
    Junior shortstop KC Serna has had a difficult time getting on track after missing the first seven games of the season, but on Thursday night he was the hero in Oregon’s 4-2 series opening victory over Arizona.
    In the bottom of the eighth with the game tied at 2-2, Serna had two outs against him and runners on first and second. He worked a full count against Arizona reliever Bryce Bandilla and fouled off two pitches before driving a one-run single through the right side to score the game-winning run in Dylan Gavin .
    Serna hit .250 last week and is now batting .208 on the year.

Brett Thomas
    Brett Thomas is batting .313 in 48 at-bats this season. Last week, Thomas led Oregon batting .357 in the second spot of the lineup and starting in center field. Thomas totaled five hits, was issued four walks and scored five runs.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
    Oregon junior left-hander Tyler Anderson was named to Baseball America’s Preseason All-America third team on Feb. 4.
    The southpaw was named to four collegiate baseball publications’ preseason All-America teams heading into the 2011 season, including the 2011 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American team,  the NCBWA Preseason All-America second team and the College Baseball Lineup Preseason All-American second team.
    Anderson returned to the mound this spring after a very successful sophomore campaign in which he became the first Oregon player since 1971 to be named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team.
    The native of Las Vegas finished the 2010 season with a 7-5 record on the mound and a staff-leading 2.98 ERA (5th Pac-10), while leading the Ducks with 102 and 2/3 innings on the mound. Anderson also recorded a staff-best and new Oregon single-season record 105 strikeouts (6th Pac-10).
    Anderson’s triumphs on the mound also earned him a spot on the 2010 Collegiate National Team, which took home the silver medal at the FISU World Championships. The CNT finished its summer with a record of 16-3, while Anderson was 1-0 on the mound with a 0.00 ERA in three starts. He pitched in two combined shutouts, and in 16 total innings, allowing just six hits and three walks while striking out 14.
    Anderson was also rated by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect from the 2010 Collegiate National Team.

TOP-25 RECRUITING
    The 2010 Oregon recruiting class was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I classes, it was announced by the publication on Oct. 15.
    The ranking marked the third consecutive season a UO baseball recruiting class has earned a top-25 ranking from Baseball America. In September, Oregon’s freshman class received a No. 3 ranking from Collegiate Baseball.

TEAM USA
    Junior pitchers Tyler Anderson and Scott McGough spent their summer playing for the Collegiate National Team, and Baseball America had both slingers ranked in its “Team USA Top 20 Prospects” evaluation.
    The duo helped Team USA win the silver medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championships in Tokyo, Japan after traveling to Cary, N.C., Omaha, Neb., and Taipei, Taiwan.
 

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